Gifts bring joy to hospital kids

Richard Griffiths, left, Kevin Hill, third left, and Michael Day, right, from Miles for Men with staff at the RVI

Richard Griffiths, left, Kevin Hill, third left, and Michael Day, right, from Miles for Men with staff at the RVI

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Brave youngsters on a hospital’s cancer unit were given a visit to remember when officials from a Hartlepool charity delivered Christmas presents.

 For the fourth year, representatives from Miles for Men paid a visit to the children on ward 4 of the cancer unit at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

Miles for Men officials Richard Griffiths, left, Michael Day, back centre, and Kevin Hill, right with children at the RVI

Miles for Men officials Richard Griffiths, left, Michael Day, back centre, and Kevin Hill, right with children at the RVI

 They took a pile of goodies with them after raising £1,000 from their Christmas cracker draw.

 Miles for Men official Kevin Hill said: “The total was split between the RVI and the University of North Tees children’s ward.

 “It was a fitting day for the charity, seeing all the smiles on their faces and some of the children were even waiting for the team to arrive.”

 But for one Miles for Men official, the visit had special significance.

 Richard Griffiths was back at the hospital where he faced his own fight for life. Hartlepool man Richard was told by doctors at one stage of his 30-month cancer battle that they could do no more for him.

 But the man who was first diagnosed with a lymphoma in August 2010, battled back and was free of all symptoms by 2013.

 Kevin said: “He came out on top so there was a few tears amongst nurses and patients on the ward

 “It was a great feeling, having the parents of the children praising the charity for its hard work and commitment throughout the last four years - helping families across the North East come to terms with this terrible disease.”

 Miles for Men started in April 2012 when its founder Michael Day decided to launch a fundraising project in tribute to his late father, Michael Day Senior who sadly lost his battle with throat cancer in 2007 aged 67.

 Michael wanted to do something in memory of his father and suggested a sponsored run for men.

 Since then, around £170,000 has been raised and £130,000 of that has been donated to cancer research.

 But officials are hoping to boost the fundraising total even further. Kevin added: “Myself and Michael would like to thank our sponsors and the public for their continued support of the charity and we are really looking forward to the challenges in 2016 and hoping to break the £200,000 barrier.”